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Session Research Support

Making connections - working with the new Research and Innovation Office (RIO)
Mary Betts Gray, Cranfield University, UK
The last two years has seen a major structural re-organisation of Cranfield University and the creation of pan university Professional Service Units (PSUs). The Research and Innovation Office is one of the new PSUs and has a number of roles and responsibilities. The library has traditionally been very involved in supporting research across the university eg in the Research Excellence Framework submission, the Institutional Repository (CERES) and the Cranfield Research Information System (CRIS), running research support workshops and networking events, developing a Research Infokit and supporting the production of a recommended journals list. This presentation will look at how we are building links to ensure that the Library Service (part of the Information Services PSU) and RIO work together to support our researchers.

Reshaping the Library to improve the Research Support
Teresa Malo de Molina, Charles III University of Madrid, Spain
University libraries have always been oriented towards research support, but basically with regards to the management of information resources access. It is now necessary to go a step further to participate in the scientific evaluation process, both in improving the position of universities in international rankings, as well as in the promotion and dissemination of scientific outputs of university researchers. This new direction will allow us to play an active role in the Open Science.

More than just access to e-resources: expanding the Library offer for researchers at the University of Warwick
Antony Brewerton and Yvonne Budden, University of Warwick, UK
Too often researchers can feel that the Library’s sole purpose is to provide them with access to the electronic journals that they need. Antony and Yvonne’s presentation will highlight the breadth and depth of services on offer from the Library at the University of Warwick. Taking an internationally recognised 13 step model of the research lifecycle they will show how support has developed across the profession in recent years. They will then show how their Library has focused on particular elements of the model to enhance the experience of Warwick’s researcher community.

Workshop on Current Research Information Systems (CRIS) and Libraries

Michelle Mennielli and Andrea Bollini, CINECA, Italy and EuroCRIS
euroCRIS was established as a formal organisation in 2002. It is an international not-for-profit association of experts and users of research information in general and research information systems (CRIS) in particular, and its mission is to advance Interoperability in the Research Community through CERIF.

CERIF (Common European Research Information Format) is an international standard relational data model for storage and interoperability of research information which is being developed and maintained by euroCRIS and is a recommendation of the European Union to Member States.

After introducing euroCRIS, its activities and the CERIF standard, the presentation will focus on CRISs, with a brief history of those systems and, more importantly, their relations with the Institutional Repositories (IR): throughout the years CRISs and IRs have become complementary solutions both aiming at fostering research and innovation and providing a faster and broader technology transfer to industry and society.

Workshop on Ebook Strategies

Belen Real, IE Library, Spain / Michaela Hammerl, Bavarian State Library, Germany / Michel Fraysse, Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, France / Jane Marshall, University of Manchester Library, UK
Ebooks are the main point to understand and illustrate the great change that the world of the library has experienced in recent decades. Thanks to the technological advances and the internet era, we are able to provide the user the best academic resources, being anytime and anywhere for them, reaching them beyond the library’s facilities. In an increasingly globalized world, what we are trying to do, is to find differentiation in order to give an excellent service, and we get this thanks to the technology. However, we need to deal with the new problems that every new technology brings, the main one faced by librarians are the cost of the purchase, the business model, and the issues that some users have to manage the platforms. We bet for multiuser license to spread the ebook among the users and to bring it (and so the library) to the classroom. We extend the library’s holdings by the STL loan + loan and purchase, as we make our collection more reachable and visible to our final users. What is really important, is to facilitate the research and teaching, by including resources and e-resources in our catalog and giving access 24/7 to the catalog records of the different platforms, providing this type of resources without the need buying new material per se. The PDA has changed the perspective of the ebook, to have a book is not important anymore, is giving access to the user what really matters.

Session Research Data

Setting up a Research Data Management Support Service at LSE
Laurence Horton, London School of Economics (LSE, UK)
In this presentation I will outline the stages involved in setting up a Research Data Management support service in LSE Library to complement our existing Data Library. I will place this in the context of wider institutional, local and national infrastructure and support services – both formal and informal on which we rely. I will also talk about the challenges LSE Library faces as a data service including barriers to accessing and sharing data and problems with managing preservation and re-use of research data.

Research Data Management: integrating Library data collections with research data management services
Thomas Bourke, European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Italy
An overview of the way in which the EUI Library combines research data management support with development of its data collections. The EUI Library has been providing data to its post-graduate community since 1976. Over this time, there have been many changes in the provision of data resources. With the advent of RDM and Open Data – the Library has pursued a strategy of integrating ‘traditional’ data collection services with ‘new’ research data management services. This combination makes it possible for the library to support researchers with data discovery; terms and conditions of access and use; data security; dataset metadata and documentation; data repositing, preservation and open data sharing.

National Research Data Services for Economics in Germany and the role of the ZBW
Sven Vlaeminck, ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre of Economics, Hamburg, Germany
In Germany Research Data Management (RDM) is not just a topic for the institutional level of universities and research institutes - several players provide services on a national scale. The talk will describe the national RDM landscape for the field of Business and Economic studies with its main institutions and services. Subsequently, the talk focusses on ZBW’s role in RDM and outlines the main rationale behind the library’s activities. Afterwards, the different projects and services designated to support researchers in both branches of economic research are presented. The development and implementation of ZBW’s RDM-services can be regarded as an example on how specialist libraries in the field of economic research might approximate research data support services.

Session Golden Open Access

IZA Journals and IZA World of Labor: Open access academic and policy journals in labor economics
Olga Nottmeyer, Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA), Bonn, Germany
In 2012 IZA has launched a new open access journal series with Springer Verlag, which consists of five academic field journals (http://journals.iza.org/). The aim of the new IZA Journals is to provide a high quality, peer reviewed outlet for papers, where the key characteristic of the submission procedure is the fast decision making and publication process. What has been the motivation to launch new journals nowadays and why open-access? What are the advantages for authors? What business model has been adopted also in terms of submission fees and waivers? What have been the experiences so far and what is planned in the future?

Aimed at promoting evidence-based policy making another new journal, "IZA World of Labor" (http://wol.iza.org) has been launched in 2014 together with Bloomsbury Publishing. "IZA World of Labor" is an innovative open access, peer-reviewed resource condensing evidence-based research on labor market topics of policy relevance or value to society for a non-academic audience. Why is such an open-access resource needed, which communicates what academics know on certain topics? How have authors been recruited? What have been the experiences in terms of the editorial and production process? Is this resource used by its non-academic target group? Will articles be updated in the future?

REGION, The journal of ERSA, powered by WU: a first evaluation after two years
Gunther Maier, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
This presentation discusses REGION, the journal of the European Regional Science Association and evaluates its development after two years on the market. We describe the basic setup of the journal, the reasons for founding it, and the role and cooperation of the various stakeholders involved. REGION is an electronic open access journal that does not involve any publisher, only a scientific association, ERSA, and a public university, WU. Funding for the initial years comes from the Austrian science foundation, FWF. In the presentation we will present the journal’s business model, describe the experience thus far and sketch some of the plans for the future.

Publishing of Open Access Monographs in Economics and the Social Sciences
Jan-Peter Wissink, Amsterdam University Press, Netherlands
Amsterdam University Press (AUP) has a longstanding tradition in open access publishing in the Humanities and Social Sciences : A fifth of AUP's books have been published in open access and the majority of the journals are published in open access, either immediate or delayed.
Topics I'll address in the talk:

  • The general business model of Amsterdam University Press: some challenges in a changing environment
  • How open access for academic books (monographs) compares to the traditional model
  • How open access for books differs from open access for academic journals
  • The market for academic book publishing: an international perspective
  • Open Access for Economists: a case study
  • How publisher and author interact in the publishing process (e.g. peer review, editorial help and advice, compliance with academic standards, funding for open access)
  • An argument for an anti-ideological approach to publishing: first focus, quality, scale and reach, business model secondary
  • Future plans of Amsterdam University Press

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